Rob Lowe might have performed a liberal on “The West Wing” — however he nonetheless has friends throughout the aisle.
The 56-year-old actor has been friends with conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for years, he revealed throughout an look on the podcast “Conan O’Brien Wants a Good friend” earlier this month.
The “Parks and Recreation” star made the admission whereas discussing his personal upcoming podcast, and the way he could be bringing on individuals who he had fashioned deep friendships with over the course of his life and profession.
O’Brien requested the actor to call somebody individuals could be shocked to be taught he’s friends with.
“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,” Lowe replied.
Lowe, who at present stars on Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” then jokingly claimed O’Brien’s eye vein had “popped” in response, earlier than including, “However he’s a man individuals go, ‘You recognize him?’”
“I do know him,” he continued.
Lowe stated he met Thomas, one of many Court’s most conservative justices, throughout a ceremony on the Supreme Court when he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Society, a nonprofit group offering scholarships to low-income college students.
“I acquired inducted into the Horatio Alger Society a pair years in the past,” he stated, “It’s a really unique, very wonderful society that gives scholarships for teenagers who come from simply horrible, horrible backgrounds, however they’re one of the best and the brightest of their courses. And the society of individuals in it are fairly studly, he’s one in every of them. In order that’s how we met.”
Lowe stated Thomas positioned a medal on him on the ceremony
“The rationale I carry it up is he’s a kind of individuals who occupies such a notion in individuals’s minds and then you definately meet him and he’s like, ‘In the event you ever want something, name my quantity. That is my cellphone,’” the soon-to-be podcast host remarked of 71-year-old Thomas’ friendliness.
“My son Matthew was going to regulation college, so I had some concepts about clerking and issues like that, so I name this cellphone and he solutions it.”
“And also you’re like, ‘Jeez, shouldn’t there be, like, a vetting course of?’” Lowe joked of how simply he acquired by way of to the justice on his private quantity.
The 2 spoke for 45 minutes, in line with Lowe, throughout which era Thomas gave him recommendation on what his son ought to do concerning regulation college and clerking.
Lowe stated the 2 had saved in contact ever since.
A spokesperson for Thomas couldn’t instantly be reached by The Publish. A Supreme Court consultant didn’t return a request for remark.